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Spanish sparkling wine from Cataluña – but we ain’t talking Cava!

Regular readers (thank you, you are much appreciated!) will know of my penchant for, and great interest in, the Sparkling Wines of Spain. Over...

Going Dutch

I haven’t checked, I admit, but I’m pretty sure that my Private Wine Tastings, held in the comfort of clients’ own homes, aren’t listed...

Norwegians *would!

I once met some girls, or should I say, they once met me! Ok, it’s paraphrasing, but you know me, any opportunity to use...

A little bird told me!

A wren, as a matter of fact! The rather cute emblem of Bodegas Paso-Primero which features on their labels giving a visual clue as...

Craft beers in Benissa

When I first started teaching, September 1975, I hit it off immediately with my boss, Head of PE, Arthur Roberts, now, sadly no longer...

Furmint

We arrived by car, but Badacsony, Hungary, can be reached by train and by ferry, from various other small ‘ports’ nestled on the attractive...

Jammy git!

If you knew my brother you’d guess this was going to be about him! He’s led a charmed life, has ‘our Al’, but no,...

English wine – Another visit to Dorset

Twenty-two years ago (this week, actually) when I left the UK for a new life in Spain I certainly didn’t expect to be returning,...

Tim Ladd – An Obituary

I’m writing this Cork Talk on the night before I’m taking a flight to Southampton to join a Fred Olsen cruise, where I’ll be...

Pilgrims’ progress – and the apostrophe is correct!

I’ll be very interested to see how these Peregrino (pilgrim, in Spanish!) wines progress over the next few years. I received from Bodegas Gordonzello,...

Combatting preconceptions when wine tasting

I think I’m probably an atypical wine taster. In various different capacities, I’ve been tasting wine professionally for 30 years now. My lengthy and on-going,...

Costa Blanca Wine Society and the ladies who fizz!

It’s quite a few years now, since I darkened the doors of the Costa Blanca Wine Society. My wine work: writing, broadcasting, judging, tourism,...

Strawberry Fields

‘Let me take you down, ‘cos I’m going to, Strawberry Fields,’ yes, you got it straight away, the Beatles, and, as a ‘Plastic Scouser’...

Bittersweet

I’m not at all surprised that Celler Alimara, making their wines under the auspices of quality conscious DO Terra Alta, are starting to receive...

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